Thirsk makes itself ready for the Tour de Yorkshire with a little help from the local Yarnbombers

The Market square dressed with Blue and Yellow bunting




Saturday May 6th will be a special day in Thirsk and surrounding villages and yet the event itself will flash through the Dales that fast you won’t be quick enough to take a photograph. This is because the special event is the ‘Tour de Yorkshire’, a 4 day cycle race that will be zig zagging across many parts of Yorkshire. The race reaches Thirsk on Saturday and the locals are embracing the event like a visit of the Queen.

The local ladies knitting group who are called The Thirsk Yarnbombers have knitted hundreds of little Cycling Jerseys to hang from walls and trees. They have dressed the traffic bollards like little mini stages and they’ve also dressed visitor attractions like the World of James Herriot.

If anyone is in the area on Saturday, why not visit Thirsk or one of the other beautiful Yorkshire Market towns. You will be amazed at the hard work everyone has put in.

I wonder if this is Peter the Vet
The local Yarnbomber’s get interviewed by BBC Radio York


The Yarn hangs from the tree’s like Christmas decorations
This wonderful Spitfire was constructed by local man David Forth and then covered by the Yarnbombers
It must take some patience to make it look so good.
Its lovely to see all of the bunting hanging from the buildings
The volunteers in Thirsk Tourist office are a fountain of knowledge and so lovely. The office is well stocked with plenty of Yorkshire gifts
St Mary’s Church
Some people will leave their bikes anywhere
These girls are everywhere
The Yarnbomber’s leave their calling card
you couldn’t fail to be impressed by this work of art



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